Jayalalithaa likely to return as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on May 17

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May 11, 2015

CHENNAI: In a major turn of fortunes for the AIADMK, the Karnataka High Court set aside the judgement of a special court convicting former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and three others in the 18-year-old disproportionate wealth case.

May 11, 2015

CHENNAI: In a major turn of fortunes for the AIADMK, the Karnataka High Court set aside the judgement of a special court convicting former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and three others in the 18-year-old disproportionate wealth case.

Delivering his judgment on the appeal filed by the convicted, Justice Kumarasamy cleared Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran of all charges of corruption in the case.

With the verdict, decks are cleared for Jayalalithaa to return as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu – a post she had to relinquish on September 27 last year following her conviction in the case. Sources in the AIADMK told Headlines Today the 64-year-old leader may return as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on May 17.

Following her acquittal, the AIADMK chief has six months to contest the elections and return to the Tamil Nadu Assembly as a legislator.

The AIADMK cadres were seen erupting in joy, bursting crackers and distributing sweets at the party office in Royapettah and at the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa.

Since September, the state has been a witness to the spiritual fervor of the AIADMK cadres led by its senior ministers who sought divine intervention by fulfilling prayers that included walking on fire and eating from mud.

For now, the party is elated but is yet to decide on when their leader will resume charge as the CM. Sources said Jayalalithaa might decide on assuming the charge of the state after astrological consultations.

Meanwhile, senior DMK leaders including MK Stalin and A Raja met at the Gopalapuram residence of DMK chief M Karunanidhi to chalk out the next course of action. Sources said the DMK will appeal against the verdict of the Karnataka High Court.


Courtesy: India Today